Daily Independent (Ashland, KY)

Local Sports

November 3, 2013

Back-to-back hole-in-ones for Lewis, Shaffer

BELLEFONTE — In their combined 121 years, neither Debbie Lewis nor Beverly Shaffer had tackled the coveted accomplishment.

That all changed dramatically on a damp day at Bellefonte Country Club.

“I still can't believe it,” said the giddy 61-year-old Lewis on Wednesday, hours after the phenomenon. “It was so crazy.”

In back-to-back swings, Lewis and Shaffer both aced the par-3, 104-yard No. 3 hole during the last club-sponsored outing for nine-hole competition this year.

Both used an 8-iron, and both saw their ball assume similar flight-and-roll patterns.

Bookended by Kim Sutton and Linda Blair in a foursome, Lewis’ hole-in-one came first.

“When I hit, I wasn't sure it went in, but the other girls seemed to be sure,” Lewis admitted. “It kind of hit off the fringe and rolled in.”

After the celebration died down, Shaffer stepped up to her Titleist with her typical thought process.

“I was just hoping to be on the green,” said Shaffer, 60.

She did one better.

The ball plopped onto nearly the same landing point and proceeded to roll directly for the cup. When it rattled in, nestling next to Lewis’ Volvik ball, shock permeated the scene.

“It just kept rolling and rolling and disappeared,” Shaffer recalled. “We just stood around and looked at each other!”

Upon fully realizing what just occurred, they released collective joy.

“We started jumping up and down, hugging and screaming,” Lewis said. “We all went up to make sure. Sure enough, they were both right there win that hole.”

Each lady retained the ball for keepsakes. Everyone in the foursome signed each ball, both of which also have Wednesday’s date etched onto it.

Both Lewis and Shaffer are avid golfers and close friends. They play three or four times a week on average, said Lewis.

Shaffer admits that Lewis is the better golfer of the two.

“I couldn't have asked for a better person to share the moment with,” Shaffer said.

Perhaps the most ecstatic member of the foursome was Sutton who, according to Lewis, posted a recap of the extremely rare moment on Facebook before the group reached the No. 4 tee box.

Lewis said there were 14 people present for a luncheon that followed the event. Most of them couldn't stop the chatter about the aces.

AARON SNYDER can be reached at asnyder@dailyindependent.com or (606) 326-2664.

Text Only
Local Sports
  • 0722KYPGA_152.jpg Jones tops Gillum in playoff at Eagle Trace

    Ashland senior golfer Logan Jones didn't shoot his average Monday.
    He didn't mind.
    His three-over par 75 and one-hole playoff win over Elliott County junior Ryan Gillum gave him the Boys Open division title in the Kentucky PGA Junior Tour stop at Morehead State University's Eagle Trace Golf Course.

    July 21, 2014 6 Photos

  • 102213_329a.jpg Raceland tabs Clark as new girls basketball coach

    Jason Clark has a reputation of being — to use his word — “passionate” on the Raceland volleyball sideline.
    He plans to bring that same approach as the Lady Rams’ new basketball coach.

    July 21, 2014 1 Photo

  • 0305region2_389.jpg Pass the Mayo: East sophomore PG, Lady Raiders preparing for winter run

    East Carter sophomore point guard Kristen Mayo has played basketball for as long as she can remember.

    July 18, 2014 2 Photos

  • 0718spinda.jpg Steelers super fan Spinda to be recognized in Florida

    Shawn Spinda doesn’t have to use speech to profess his passion for the Pittsburgh Steelers.
    All it takes is a quick glance for a person to get the picture.
    But to absorb the whole picture, you’ll need to clear your schedule.
    Spinda is one of several fanatics who will be recognized at the Sports Fans Conference in Orlando, Florida, which is set for Aug. 28-Sept. 1 at the Walt Disney World Swan and Dolphin Resort. He is a “What a Fan” NFL Fan of the Year nominee.

    July 17, 2014 1 Photo

  • 0703rfLL0204.jpg Little League State Baseball: Ready to run

    Morehead 11- and 12-year-old All-Star baseball manager Toby Gardner collectively likened his team to a racehorse.

    July 16, 2014 1 Photo

  • 0717prokick1.jpg Prokicker.com camp Eleven Ashland Tomcat football players were part of the Ray Guy Prokicker.com camp at Huntington High. The high-profile camps are put on all over the country. Rick Sang, an Ashland native who befriended Guy 20 years ago, is the camp's founder.

    July 16, 2014

  • 0716fbpractice0105.jpg Four-down territory: Making summer football practice pit stops

    The popular Monday night catchphrase filled my room on Tuesday morning as my new alarm sounded off at 7 a.m.

    July 16, 2014 5 Photos

  • 0716softball.jpg KHSAA pushes presence of masks

    Fairview’s Sydney Ekers and Lewis County’s Kelsey Rizzo didn’t wear masks to play softball until after they were struck in the face by line drives.
    The Kentucky High School Athletic Association has made a recommendation that it hopes will reduce such instances.

    July 16, 2014 1 Photo

  • LOCAL SPORTS BRIEFS: Ellis on 'leave' for Fairview volleyball

    Lauren Ellis is stepping aside as Fairview’s volleyball coach for this fall in order to complete coursework on her master’s degree, she said Tuesday.

    July 16, 2014

  • KHSAA board recommends use of protective head gear in softball

    The Kentucky High School Athletic Association's Board of Control conducted its first meeting of the 2014-15 academic year at the Bank of Kentucky Center in Northern Kentucky on Monday morning.

    July 15, 2014

Featured Ads
Seasonal Content
AP Video
Raw: Israel Bombs Multiple Targets in Gaza Veteran Creates Job During High Unemployment Raw: Cargo Craft Undocks From Space Station Widow: Jury Sent Big Tobacco a $23B Message New Orleans Plans to Recycle Cigarette Butts UN Security Council Calls for MH 17 Crash Probe Obama Bestows Medal of Honor on NH Veteran Texas Sending National Guard Troops to Border Hopkins to Pay $190M After Pelvic Exams Taped Foxx Cites Washington 'Circus Mirror' NASA Ceremony Honors Moon Walker Neil Armstrong Obama Voices Concern About Casualties in Mideast Diplomacy Intensifies Amid Mounting Gaza Toll AP Exclusive: American Beaten in Israel Speaks Obama Protects Gay, Transgender Workers Raw: Gaza Rescuers Search Rubble for Survivors Raw: International Team Inspects MH17 Bodies Raw: 25 Family Members Killed in Gaza Airstrike US Teen Beaten in Mideast Talks About Ordeal 'Weird Al' Is Wowed by Album's Success
Hyperlocal Search
Premier Guide
Find a business

Walking Fingers
Maps, Menus, Store hours, Coupons, and more...
Premier Guide
SEC Zone